By now, you’ve probably heard about the infamous Freshman 15 where, legend says, on their first year of school, students will gain around 15 pounds. Moving from your parents’ house where you have real wholesome meals cooked for you at all times to a place where you sometimes (okay fine, most of the time) have […]Read more "Staying Healthy in America While Going To College"
You’re so excited you just got a new job (and we know how hard this is as an international student). You’ve worked hard for the past two weeks and are ready to get your first paycheck. Friday finally comes around and it’s payday and…you’re so underwhelmed by the actual amount you end up taking home. […]Read more "Why Is My Employer Withholding Taxes If I’m An International Student?"
Did you know that, by law, international students (and all aliens in the US) need to change their address with USCIS within 10 days of moving? If you get overwhelmed with official government paperwork – do not panic! The process is quick and easy and can be done online. Go to the USCIS change of […]Read more "How To Change Your Address With USCIS As An International Student"
When you come to the US on an F-1 visa you have a lot more flexibility to work in the US than you would on a work visa. Although you’re not allowed to work your first year (other than at your school), as an undergrad student you can be authorized to work while you’re in […]Read more "How To Approach Your Job Search As An International Student"
College can be incredibly overwhelming. From studying, to making new friends, to trying to stay healthy – there is a lot going on in a college student’s life at all times. When you add being from a completely different culture and sometimes even doing this all in a different language, college can quickly turn you […]Read more "How To Balance It All As An International Student"
Unless you used to live under a rock, you were aware of Thanksgiving Day way before moving to America. You’ve seen the TV show episodes (who could ever forget the iconic turkey head in Friends?), watched the viral videos of people going crazy on Black Friday, and followed your favorite celebrities as they performed on […]Read more "The International Student’s Guide To Celebrating Thanksgiving Day"
Different countries have different ways of naming people. For example, in South America, people tend to have two different last names and they both appear on all official documents – the father’s last name followed by the mother’s last name. However, in normal day to day, most people tend to only use the father’s last […]Read more "How I Ended Up With Two Different Names In The American System (And What You Can Do So It Doesn’t Happen To You)"
If you’re applying for a job or an internship, chances are they will ask you for a resume. Sometimes, they might ask you for a cover letter and a list of references too. If you’re absolutely clueless on what any of these things are (as we were), don’t panic. Here’s a quick guide to creating […]Read more "Resumes, Cover Letters and References"
Many international students in the US have the misconception that if they need extra money, they are only allowed to hold on-campus jobs. Even though in general terms this is correct, there are some situations where international students can be authorized to work off-campus. It’s called Curricular Practical Training (or CPT). CPT allows international students to […]Read more "Getting Your First Off-Campus Job"